Skunk Definition

skŭngk
skunks
noun
skunks
Any of several bushy-tailed carnivores (family Mustelidae) of the New World, about the size of a house cat: it has glossy black fur, usually with white stripes or spots down the back, and ejects a foul-smelling, musky liquid when disturbed or frightened.
Webster's New World
Its fur.
Webster's New World
A despicable, offensive person.
Webster's New World
Marijuana.
American Heritage

(slang) A walkover victory in sports or board games, as when the opposing side is unable to score. Compare shutout.

Wiktionary
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verb
skunks
To spray with the foul-smelling liquid of a skunk.
The dog got skunked.
American Heritage
To defeat overwhelmingly in a game or contest; often, specif., to keep (an opponent) from scoring any points.
Webster's New World
To cause to have no success trying to catch fish. Used in the passive.
American Heritage
To cheat (someone).
American Heritage
To fail to pay (an amount due).
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Skunk

Noun

Singular:
skunk
Plural:
skunks

Origin of Skunk

  • At first spelt squunck, from the Abenaki name for the animal, segôgw, segonku (“he who squirts / urinates”), from Proto-Algonquian *šeka·kwa, from *šek- (“to urinate”) (whence Abenaki seg-) + *(w)a·kw(ehsa) (“fox”) (whence Abenaki (w)ôkw(ses)).

    From Wiktionary

  • Of Massachusett origin ultimately from Proto-Algonquian šeka·kwa šek- urine -a·kw fox, bushy-tailed animal

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Blend of skinhead and punk, influenced by the animal (Etymology 1).

    From Wiktionary

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